Que­bec man found guilty of at­tempt­ing to leave Canada to join ISIL

The Telegram (St. John’s) - - CANADA -

MON­TREAL — A Que­bec man was found guilty on Mon­day of at­tempt­ing to leave the coun­try to par­tic­i­pate in ac­tiv­i­ties of a ter­ror­ist group — a con­vic­tion that car­ries a max­i­mum 10-year sen­tence. In hand­ing down his rul­ing, Que­bec court Judge Serge Delisle said Is­mael Habib’s ver­sion of events lacked cred­i­bil­ity.

There is rel­a­tively lit­tle ju­rispru­dence re­lated to the charge as it was only added to the Crim­i­nal Code in 2013. The Crown had ac­cused Habib of at­tempt­ing to leave Canada with a plan to join Is­lamic State in Syria.

“The Crown is of course sat­is­fied be­cause we were ask­ing that he be found guilty and we didn’t think his ver­sion was cred­i­ble,” pros­e­cu­tor Lyne De­carie told re­porters. The de­fence ar­gued that au­thor­i­ties co­erced a con­fes­sion out of his client, who was des­per­ately try­ing to re­unite with his wife and chil­dren some­where in the Mid­dle East. De­fence lawyer Charles Mont­petit said he be­lieves there is room for cle­mency for his client, con­sid­er­ing he “wasn’t nec­es­sar­ily a man who was mo­ti­vated to do bad things here in Canada.”

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